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The Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants programme supports community projects that benefit children and young people in the North East area, in line with our aims and objectives. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.
Since the Regional Small Grants panel was established, over £300,753.92 has been awarded to community projects. These projects have directly benefitted over 55,411 children and young people across the whole region. Grants are allocated in line with The Children’s Foundation values; to alleviate the negative impact of distress, disadvantage and disability.
A Living Tradition were awarded £580 to deliver the Summer Roma project including hiring a coach for a day trip to South Shields:
“With a visit to the funfair and the local park, with its delightful miniature railway, the families had plenty of fun… It has also helped to strengthen the vital work of our kavarna or drop-in on Coatsworth Road, which provides a safe place for what is a very marginalised community to come and meet and get support from service providers, which they often badly need.”
Cheesy Waffles Project – Healthy Grub Club were awarded £1,000. The Project encouraged healthy eating through a series of workshops providing information to children and young people with a learning disability. The workshops included information on where food comes from, how to produce food and how to make easy, well balanced recipes from scratch:
“The project has been able to deliver regular cookery sessions to members to help with their understanding of where food comes, how to follow a recipe and make a healthy meal. Without the funding our Project would not have been able to deliver this project and give young people the opportunity to learn about healthy eating.”
Dawdon Youth & Community Centre were awarded £970 to deliver activity days including Beach Activity/Scavenger Hunt with Den Building, Beach Games and Sandcastle Competitions, as well as a healthy breakfast and lunch:
“Funding allowed beneficiaries to attend a wide variety of activities – low cost or free, increasing acces to recreational activities for isolated and disadvantaged. The project improved emotional wellbeing in children, providing somewhere safe to go.”
Eat Well Project were awarded £457.92 towards the cost of delivery of healthy eating sessions aimed at children and young people, aiming to teach good cooking skills and nutrition education in the wider community:
“Being awarded the Regional Small Grant has enabled the Eat Well Project to expand its remit and provide a focus on children and young people by creating engaging, educational workshops to support and train participants in cookery skills and nutritional education, helping them reach their potential and make informed decisions about the food the eat.”
Matrix Neurological -Matrix Kids Club were awarded £1,000 to support a sessional worker for a new ‘Kids Club’ for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury. This gives them an opportunity to get out, have fun safely, meet other families, share experiences and gain peer support. ‘Kids Club’ will be on a Saturday eight times a year:
“Our children asked for their own kids club last autumn, so this is a huge milestone for us all. Our children now have their own social group that meets their indiviual needs and where they can meet and make friends with other brain injured children in a safe and supportive environment. Thank you once again for supporting this ground-breaking and very worthwhile project.”
Scotswood Natural Community Garden – Art and Music Garden recieved £1,000 towards the costs of a community artist to deliver arts projects with the group. The project brings together the expertise of the artists and the expertise of SNCG staff in nature exploration making this a unique project which means a lot to local families:
“We’re thrilled to receive this small grant which will go a long way to support children with disabilities and their friends who come to our Saturday Art and Music Garden group. Thank you so much.”
Some pictures of our previous grants in action!